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We asked, Woodbury answered: What did you think of bin Laden's death?

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The killing of Osama bin Laden has been on the minds of people worldwide. In Woodbury, some are still wondering whether it really happened or not, while others have no doubt that the former al-Qaeda leader is in fact dead.

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The Woodbury Bulletin asked a few people at Woodbury's Central Park for their reaction to the news.

"I think it's about time" - Ron Ibarra.

He praised a job well done by U.S. officials and said it demonstrated the leadership that needed to be showcased throughout the process that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But he suspects the Pakistani government knew where bin Laden's hiding place was and didn't disclose that information to the United States.

However, Ibarra said he thinks the operation will change the relationship between the two countries for the better and there will be cooperation from now on.

"Only good would come out of it," he added. "... (Pakistan) has to help us to some degree. They have to demonstrate to us and to the world that they have some control."

As for a photo of bin Laden, Ibarra said he doesn't need to see it.

"And I don't care what the world thinks," he added, explaining that the U.S. officials wouldn't risk the lives of Navy SEALs if they weren't sure it was in fact bin Laden.

Plus, "it's too cruel" to release a photo, he added. "Just because the Islamic extremists do that ... doesn't mean we have to do that. We're above that."

"Not much will change. There is still a lot of people out there that don't like the United States" -- Sue Rheingans.

However, she added, that it's one piece of a long process that will continue to end the war on terror.

"You're kind of like in shock." --Shainell Oachs.

Oachs, who comes from a military family and is close to soldiers who are relieved and happy that bin Laden was killed, said she needs to see it to believe it.

"It feels a little bit more real if you have that proof," she said.

And it's not over, Oachs said. The operation may lead to more violence and she hopes the United States government would come to some sort of peace with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

Not everyone is celebrating bin Laden's death, though.

"I don't feel that it's ever right to celebrate somebody's death" - Jim Dudley.

Even if it's a terrorist or someone who's done plenty of bad in his life, Dudley said his religious beliefs say it's up to God to judge, not humans.

On the other hand, "I do feel a sense of relief that that particular chapter is closed," he said.

As a former member of the Air Force, he said he understands how military operations work well enough to know that he doesn't need a photo to prove bin Laden is dead.

As for the future of the war on terror, there may be some backlash from this operation, Dudley said.

"Terrorism has been happening pretty much since the beginning of time," he said, adding, someone else may take bin Laden's place and move on to the next chapter.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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